The Adaptive Bike Clinic
Cerebral Palsy Kids and Families (CPKF) has hosted the Adaptive Bike Clinic for over 15 years. It is their flagship program that allows them to build community awareness, grow membership and cultivate partnerships with businesses and other non-profit agencies throughout Calgary. The positive effects of riding a bike are far reaching; it builds confidence, allows crucial participation in an activity embraced by families and by children who do not have disabilities, stretches and builds muscles, increases balance, promotes family wellness, but perhaps most importantly, simply allows children to have fun. Within the Calgary community, people are realizing that with specialized equipment, even severely disabled children can have the joy and benefits of riding a bicycle, thanks to the CPKF Adaptive Bike program. Special needs children riding a bicycle also make community members more aware about Cerebral Palsy and that children with motor difficulties can enjoy the physical, emotional, inclusive and wellness benefits of cycling, just like other typical kids.